Myofunctional therapy is an exercise-based treatment. Patients are taught exercises that relate to tongue placement, breathing, speaking, chewing, and swallowing.
The goal is to teach awareness of the oral and facial muscles. The tongue should rest in the right place, and the mouth should stay closed. When these two simple things happen, troublesome symptoms disappear, and the big picture problems around braces, speech, jaw pain, and sleep apnea become much easier to treat.
With myofunctional therapy, the focus is on the airway. The tongue is a major part of the airway, but it’s not the first thing we look at. This is a list of all the things we look at during a myofunctional therapy examination: